Public Spaces Fellowship

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Knight Public Spaces Fellows: Leading change, connecting people to place

Knight Foundation is inviting nominations for its inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship.

The fellowship recognizes leading civic innovators who have created or influenced great public spaces in U.S. communities, creating more opportunities for connection and civic engagement. Chosen fellows will share up to $1 million in grants to continue their work.

From Feb. 21 to March 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET, we are inviting people to nominate their candidate of choice. Individuals can also nominate themselves. Those who choose to nominate a candidate are encouraged to alert the nominee about the opportunity.

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Fellowship FAQ

Who we're looking for

We seek fellows with an exemplary track record of crafting public spaces—trails, parks, plazas and streets—that create opportunities for connection and civic engagement. The fellowship is open to a wide range of talented civic innovators with experience in urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, government, technology, policy and programming.

Individuals with exceptional talent and leadership qualities who craft, develop, design, plan, manage and implement the use of public spaces to build the type of communities where people want to live and work are eligible to apply. Fellows must show potential to create larger, innovation and strategic momentum within the community.

Fellowship benefits

In addition to the opportunity to create real impact in their city and beyond, fellows will receive: 

  • Support: A small group of fellows will share up to $1 million grants which can be used for innovative, flexible projects, distributed over approximately two years. 

  • Network-building opportunities: Support to work directly with peers and other experts who are passionate about using public space to transform communities. 

  • Mentorship: Insight and guidance from experts to refine ideas and new thinking around public space work.  

  • Public exposure: Fellows will be invited to present at Knight-supported events and other gatherings, and given opportunities to publish and share their work.

If you have questions about the application, you can join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the fellowship on March 5 at 3 p.m. ET. Please RSVP here to attend, and we’ll send you more details.

To learn more about the fellowship, you can watch a recorded informational webinar.  We will have another live informational webinar on March 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET and March 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Please monitor this page for the registration link.

For additional questions, please email [email protected]. Follow #knightcities on Twitter for updates.